"That is not our objective and so the whole reasons underlying the development of a nuclear programme in North Korea are simply not credible", Tillerson told the ABC programme This Week. The comments were made by a Foreign Ministry official and carried Sunday by North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency.

"This coordinated initiative could force North Korea to make real demilitarization concessions, while providing a win for both China and the United States", Markey wrote, adding that China has unsuccessfully urged the U.S. to engage North Korea directly for years.

North Korea denounced Thursday's attack as an act of "intolerable aggression" and one that justified "a million times over" the North's push toward a credible nuclear deterrent. -China trade more balanced.

"But in return, the United States must do something that the Chinese want us to do, which is to engage in direct negotiations with Kim", he said.

Trump had campaigned his election with strident anti-China rhetoric but his meeting with the Chinese President and also the telephonic conversation he held with him in February, it appears as Trump has reversed his stance as he reassured the Chinese counterpart that the USA administration will honor the one China policy.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea off the Korean Peninsula earlier this week, the latest in a series of recent test firings.

Pyongyang is on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of them previous year.

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As the two leaders wrapped up a Florida summit overshadowed by us missile strikes in Syria overnight, Xi joined Trump in papering over, at least in public, deep differences over issues ranging from trade to North Korea. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea.

A nuclear-capable SLBM system would take the North's threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula and a "second-strike" capability in the event of an attack on its army bases.

Trump is free to criticize Obama's handling of Syria and the "red-line" episode.

The talks come shortly after Trump hosted Chinese leader Xi Jinping for a summit at which he pressed Pyongyang's key ally to do more to curb the North's nuclear ambitions.

The next day, Trump ordered a military strike on a Syrian government airbase.

Pyongyang tested a liquid-fueled Scud missile this month.

Trump and South Korea's leader, acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn, spoke by phone on Friday, according to the White House, which said they agreed to stay in close contact about North Korea and other issues.